We’ve often been urged to treat our body as God’s ‘temple’. Today, on this first Sunday of Lent, as we break open the Word, the Tempter flatters to deceive, assailing the temple, twisting words with his pseudo-options.
We would do well to take care not to assume God’s forgiveness by repeatedly taking chances, taking ‘bait’ and ‘testing God’. Pope Francis recently reminded us that God’s wrath is just as great as His mercy! But, let’s test for the positives.
We know that God’s Spirit is in our hearts and therefore we have power. However, the ‘gifts of the Spirit’ are to be used for the glory of God and benefit of our neighbour, NOT for self-aggrandisement.